For today's TBT I was scrolling through some old cookie recipes from Beth.
I know how good she is, but sometimes you need (I need) to see someone's work in full to be reminded of the level of care, talent and creativity.
All the recipes for Cookie Of The Month are thoughtful and delightful for so many reasons. This one. Well, this one is personal and filled with hope and of course--curiosity.
Please enjoy. -angelo
"It’s not Curious George-inspired so much as it’s the-joy-that-Curious-George-inspires-inspired."
And that was the key. This cookie is not about the literal or the conceptual. It is simply about happiness.
So I thought about what Angelo loves in a cookie (yes, "everything" sprang to mind; I winnowed the list down from there) and I know that he loves simple cookies and he loves soft cookies and he loves frosted cookies and he loves soft frosting and he loves chocolate.
And he also loves to have more than one cookie.
So I made large-ish cookies — because if you were like most kids, when you were allowed to choose a treat, you always chose the biggest one, right? I know I did — and I made soft, cake-like cookies that aren't too sweet because I then slathered those puppies with a simple chocolate frosting that sets up on top but stays soft underneath.
And then I had to snap fast because Curious George was making his move.
Curious George-Inspired Big Cakey Cookies with Soft Chocolate Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk (not nonfat)
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Beat together butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, and vanilla until well combined. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, stir in the flour alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Using a muffin scoop or 1/4-cup measure, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. With wet fingers, or the wet bottom of a measuring cup, flatten/spread the dough to a 3"-diameter circle. Leave 2" to 2 1/2" between each cookie; they'll spread. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until they're set, and are perhaps a very light golden brown around the edges. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them right on the sheets.
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar, approximately
2 tablespoons milk, approximately
Cut butter into rough chunks. Melt butter in the microwave in a heat-proof bowl, covered with a paper towel in the event of spatters. Stir in cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth and velvety. Dump in half of the powdered sugar and half of the milk. Stir/beat with the spoon until smooth. Continue to add powdered sugar and milk incrementally until you achieve your desired sweetness and have a spreadable frosting, not too thick, not too thin.
Dollop frosting onto the center of each cooled cookie and spread toward the edges. You can frost the flat bottom or the domed top, whichever you prefer. Set cookies back on the cooled baking sheets (lined with fresh parchment) to allow the frosting to set up. Store, covered, in a single layer.
Yield: 24 large-ish cookies